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HC to decide on next course of disposal

FURTHER COURSE of action on disposal of toxic waste lying in the deserted Union Carbide plant area will be decided by the High Court following receipt of report on toxicity of waste.

india Updated: Jan 31, 2006 16:02 IST

FURTHER COURSE of action on disposal of toxic waste lying in the deserted Union Carbide plant area will be decided by the High Court following receipt of report on toxicity of waste.

In the last hearing on the public interest litigation (PIL) seeking disposal of tonnes of toxic waste dumped in the plant, the court decided to wait for the reports of Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) Hyderabad, MP Pollution Control Board and National Environmental Engineering & Research Institute (NEERI), Nagpur, on toxicity of waste before deciding on the further course of action.

The IICT experts were here the other day for collecting samples of the waste. Talking to the Hindustan Times, MP Pollution Control Board Chairman Prof P S Dubey said his organisation had already made a preliminary assessment of organic and inorganic compounds present in the waste.

The other two organisations will make a detailed study of other compounds present in the waste and their toxicity before method of its disposal could be determined.

“It will be decided on the degree of toxicity of compounds whether the waste is disposed in the land fill or incinerated. Treatment of waste in the land fill is also decided on the basis of its toxicity,” he said.

He also said report of all the three science institutes would be presented before the Task Force constituted for deciding on method of disposal of Union Carbide waste, which will, then, present its report before the High Court. The case would now come up for hearing on February 22.

First Published: Jan 31, 2006 16:02 IST